The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions voted on Wednesday in favor of streamlining federal job training and other vocational programs. The House passed its own version earlier this year.
Appearing nervous is the biggest worry for 17% of job seekers during an interview, followed by the fear of being overqualified and of being stumped by interview questions, finds a Harris Interactive and Everest College survey. "The best way to manage fear is simply to be prepared," says John Swartz of Everest.
A study from the Partnership for Public Service and McKinsey & Co. suggests that the federal government's agencies aren't doing enough to train and develop the next generation of leaders. Still, there are some bright spots: The Department of Defense develops senior leadership through a two-year program that includes lessons in military leadership outside one's branch, academics and real-world application.
Rhode Island recently became the eighth state to pass a law that prohibits employers from including criminal-history questions on job applications. More than 50 municipalities have passed similar laws.
Only 43% of federal workers believe they will be rewarded or promoted for doing a good job, finds a Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte survey. The 2012 survey results represent a 2.5-point drop from 2011.